Tips for checking into, getting the second round of stimulus payments

Posted at 6:46 AM, Jan 13, 2021

If you are still waiting for your stimulus payment, you are not alone. However, there are a few things that you can do to check things out and get your payment as soon as possible.

The second payment will be paid via the same format as the first. If your first payment was a direct deposit, check your account for this new deposit. If you received your payment via check or a prepaid debit card, keep watching your mail and use caution before throwing away things that may look like junk mail. This could be your payment. However, if you made any changes since filing your 2019 taxes, such as a new bank, account, or address change, the payment is likely to be returned to the IRS. You can also check your payment status on the Get My Payment section of the IRS website. However, this section may not provide information for those who did not file a 2019 tax return.

If you qualified for a stimulus payment that you did not receive, make note of this when filing your 2020 return, and ask your tax professional about filing for a Recovery Rebate Credit.

Also, if you or a loved one are on Medicaid and in a nursing home or assisted living facility, keep in mind these stimulus payments are tax credits, not countable as resources for Medicaid purposes, and are not to be seized by the government or taken by a nursing home or assisted living facility. If a nursing home or assisted living facility has taken this payment or asks you to sign over this check for Medicaid reasons, we want to hear from you.

Report a typo or error // Submit a news tip